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The British Museum

Classical culture, contemporary design

The British Museum’s commission to Small Back Room for its four new retail spaces was simple: ‘Provide the best design to fit the museum’. Sometimes the most basic briefs can create the most exciting creative challenges.

We designed the Great Court Shop, the Grenville Room, the Bookshop and the Collections shop to fit seamlessly into The British Museum’s striking interior – creating welcoming places where visitors would want to spend time and which could offer a wide range of products.

“The brief was ‘to provide the best design to fit the museum’ and Small Back Room delivered to the word! The end result has ‘wowed’ our visitors from around the world. These unique retail environments have already seen an increase in sales figures across the shops, proving our choice of agency was the right one.”


Roderick Buchanan

Retail Buying and Sales Director,
British Museum